Album Reviews, Artists / Bands, Culture, Metal / Hard Rock — October 29, 2012 at 10:15 am

Cradle of Filth – The Manticore and Other Horrors


Artist Name: Cradle of Filth
Title Name: The Manticore and Other Horrors
Label: Peaceville
Reviewed by: Fabio Marraccini

Born in the filthy cradle of  nineties extreme metal – and I mean that in a good way – Cradle of Filth was initially labelled as ‘another black metal band’ by specialised media and some fans. They soon proved that they were not just another band, let alone black metal. While their musical style did share a good deal of features and controversy with said sub-genre, it also included a sizeable amount of symphonic metal, gothic metal, Iron Maiden-inspired riffs and more, all peppered with their unique dramatically theatrical signature.

Vocal styles were across the board: growls, being burned alive shrieks, screams, female chants, all surrounded by their brutal music, quite often interlayered with what we could call an orchestration galore.

Extremely popular in underground metal and extreme music in general, they now reach their 10th full-length. And this opus proves that all these years in the scene certainly did the band a lot of good – or should I say evil? Throughout the thirteen songs of this long and well-crafted musical journey, the creepiest side of our existence is explored. “The Unveiling of O” is the intro, with piano and orchestrations that would easily fit the best seventies horror movies. “The Abhorrent” follows with scary vocals and melodies guided by a neck-breaking rhythm. “For Your Vulgar Delectation” has a more direct, traditional heavy metal sound with some melodic parts, while the title track is a slower, anthem-like, disturbed piece of work. “Siding of the Titans” is probably another standout, with lots of twists and turns, and a quasi-symphonic black metal mood. Final track “Death, the Great Adventure” is also very respectable; not only for its enticing title, but also for the dark and heavy atmosphere it sets.

While some fans still rather praise their early seminal releases, open minds should embrace this collection of metallic symphonies and see for themselves how mature, daring, compelling and talented this band really is.